Know that the college is out on break until 2008 I was home during daylight hours when it wasn't snowing or raining ice I finally got a chance to toughen up and head out for a spin. I needed tpick up some more co2's and I wanted to talk about the rode bike I plan on buying soon. It felt so good when I was heading out of the driveway and up the street just to be out and turning the cranks again. I was very quickly reminded why I don't ride in town that much though. The residential streets were snow covered and rideable but when I got to a major interesection I had no place to go. The shoulders where piled high with snow and there was a lot of traffic and to top it all off as I was riding any place that was in the shade was slick. So know I'm trying not to slide and fall over and get hit by a car. After I made it off onto a sidestreet I was in good shape with open rode and no cars as far as I could see. Then as I get up a little farther I see a train coming so I ended up having to stop and wait for it. Of course for some reason the train stopped on the intersection and I ended up waiting for about 15 minutes to get across(way to much traffic for me on the other streets with overpasses). I then continued to head on to the shop when I jumped across a sidewalk that looked clear but was covered in black ice. I'm sure it was quite the site to see the fully kited cyclist sliding across the pavement. After that I quickly got back on my bike before I hoped anyone saw me and was on my way to the shop without any further incedent. Picked up my co2's talked about the rode bike which I should be able to get for a good price since I'm going to get an 07. Then the ride home. Yeah more black sidewalk ice. I should have known that the sidewalk right off the only 10 feet of the bikepath was to good to be true. I hit the sidewalk and the next thing I know the bike was sliding and my head was in the snow(another reminder why I never get on the bike without a helmet). I get up again and quicky look to see if anyone saw me fall. Only the snow blower guy that just cleared that sidewalk 5 min. ago. I then headed home and made it without any more problems.
I think that next time I head out the park will be a much better option for some training. Gotta go get ready for a busy day handling some of my consulting business. It's funny that when I get a vacation from the college everybody seems to have something that they need me to take care of. I think they know my shedule better than I do sometimes. Later.
Yes it is stopped.